So ask yourself, “Who is their father?” Who would want to murder so direly?
(John 8:37 NASB) “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.
(John 8:38 NASB) “I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father.”
(John 8:39 NASB) They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus *said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham.
(John 8:40 NASB) “But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do.
(John 8:41 NASB) “You are doing the deeds of your father.” They said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God.”
(John 8:42 NASB) Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me.
They weren’t quite getting it yet. Jesus was telling them they are Satan’s children, but they still saw themselves as God’s children.
(John 8:43 NASB) “Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word.
(John 8:44 NASB) “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
(John 8:45 NASB) “But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.
(John 8:46 NASB) “Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me?
(John 8:47 NASB) “He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”
(John 8:48 NASB) The Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?”
(John 8:49 NASB) Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me.
(John 8:50 NASB) “But I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges.
(John 8:51 NASB) “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death.”
(John 8:52 NASB) The Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste of death.’
He is about to lay it all out for them here, and then they get really mad…
(John 8:53 NASB) “Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be?”
(John 8:54 NASB) Jesus answered, “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God’;
(John 8:55 NASB) and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word.
(John 8:56 NASB) “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”
(John 8:57 NASB) So the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”
Here is the Coup de grâce. I love the ἐγώ εἰμί statements Jesus makes. That my friends is why they want him dead.
(John 8:58 NASB) Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.”
(John 8:59 NASB) Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.